Draghi boosted Rome’s prestige and soothed Washington, analysts say

Analysts from the European Council on Foreign Relations consider that the outgoing Italian Prime Minister, Mario Draghi, has placed Rome at the level of Paris or Berlin’s influence on the European scene, and has reassured Washington about the strategy towards China or Russia.

A group of analysts from the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) think tank looks at the political crisis in Italy as a threat to the climate of economic and social stability that Draghi managed to establish in one of Europe’s largest economies, denouncing the unknown that constitutes the next governmental solution

Italian President Sergio Mattarella this week dissolved Parliament and called early elections for the end of September, after Draghi presented his resignation, for lack of political confidence within his government of national unity, which included parties from the extreme right to left.

For Arturo Varvelli, head of the ECFR’s Rome office, Draghi “played an important role in defining European sanctions against Russia, as well as in Italian and European energy policy”.

With this position, according to the analyst, the Italian prime minister “transformed Rome’s historic ambition to count as much as Paris and Berlin in European politics”, at the same time that he “reassured the United States, pushing away the long shadows of Russia and Chinese government over previous governments”.

Lorena Stella Martini, another analyst at the ECFR’s Rome office, also underlines Draghi’s role in “improving Italy’s international reputation”, recalling the relevant initiatives she has developed in the energy area, at a time when Europe is looking for solutions to the problems posed by excessive dependence on Russian gas and oil.

The researcher recalls that just this week, in the midst of the political crisis in her country, Draghi traveled to Algeria, to seek to intensify energy supply from North Africa as an alternative to Russian supply, in a gesture praised by several European leaders.

However, these two analysts also agree with the perspective of Teresa Coratella, ECFR’s project manager in Rome, who argues that this internal and external prestige of Draghi ran up against instability within her own government, in particular from the extreme parties. right, such as the Five Star Movement (M5S), Forza Italia and the League.

“Draghi knew from the beginning that he could not 100 percent trust the members of his governing coalition. (…) And that posed a serious threat to his foreign policy towards Russia”, explains Coratella, referring to the fact of M5S being seen as a pro-Russian political force that constitutes the next governmental solution.

Source: With Agencies

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